Soft yellow lighting creates a cozy ambiance for any gathering. | Photo by SACtoday staff
Holidays come with a lot of expectations — family, food, activities, gifts + more. We’re here to help you host in a way that still lets you celebrate what the season is all about.
The set up
You know the vibe — holidays are supposed to give that warm + fuzzy feeling. Here are some tips to get people comfy:
Drink bar — Set out some glasses, mixers + champagne for a build-your-own drink station. May we suggest a good ol’ White Linen? As guests arrive, they can make a cocktail or mocktail + mingle before the real feast begins.
Ambient lighting — Use lamps + candles instead of overhead lights to diffuse some cozy lighting throughout your space.
The menu — Want to whip up something that tastes like home? Snag the new Sacramento Eats cookbook for local eats inspo + tell your guests in advance to build the anticipation.
The wind down
Your event was a success + people aren’t ready to let those good vibes go. However, it’s time to kick out those stragglers... tactfully of course:
Set boundaries — In your invite + after people arrive, emphasize the intended duration of your event.
Non-verbal cues — Our personal favorite is to queue “Closing Time” by Semisonic. Straight-forward + still a bop, just the way we like it.
If all else fails, grab a nightgown + candlestick and wander around barefoot. Worst case, guests will think you’re the ghost of a creepy Victorian child and run. Best case, people will think you’re sleepy + a little bonkers and politely excuse themselves.
Momtim Pewinan, River People | Wednesday, Nov. 15 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Sacramento History Museum, 101 I St., Sacramento | $5 | Curated by the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians Exhibits and Collections Center, the permanent exhibit shows four mannequins in attire by tribal artisans using knowledge of their ancestors.
Holiday Magic Art Show Reception | Wednesday, Nov. 15 | 4-8 p.m. | Annie Peony Fine Art Gallery, 9635 Elk Grove Florin Rd., Elk Grove | Free | Celebrate the masterpieces of seven artists from the Sacramento area with a live guitarist, watercolor demo, and more.
Fabric Ornaments Workshops | Wednesday, Nov. 15 | 1-2:30 p.m. | Women’s Wisdom Art, 1029 Del Paso Blvd., Sacramento | Free | Grab your mask + get crafting with felt, fabric and more. All materials are provided, just bring your holiday cheer.
Thursday, Nov. 16
Adult Book Club | Thursday, Nov. 16 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Folsom Public Library, 411 Stafford St., Folsom | Free | Join in to discuss “Happiness Falls” by award-winning author Angie Kim — a story of love, language, race + human connection.
Virtual Career Fair | Thursday, Nov. 16 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Discover + meet with hiring managers from the comfort of your home.
Coffee & Conversations | Thursday, Nov. 16 | 5-6 p.m. | Colonial Heights Library, 4799 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento | Free | Bring your own projects or games to share + partake in the available crafts and refreshments provided as you mix + mingle.
Friday, Nov. 17
Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show | Friday, Nov. 17-Sunday, Nov. 19 | Times vary | Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento | $4-$9 | Check out artisans + handmade goods from all over the country, including ceramics, jewelry, home decor, and more.
Vegan Potluck and Movie | Friday, Nov. 17 | 5-8 p.m. | Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento | Free | Bring a vegan dish to share + watch “Eating Our Way to Extinction,” a film about the current state of the planet and how reducing meat consumption helps improve it.
Karaoke Night | Friday, Nov. 17 | 7-11 p.m. | Buck’s Fizz Restaurant and Tap House, 650 Fulton Ave., Sacramento | Free | Friday Night Karaoke means two things: Greek food + the inevitable good singer that takes karaoke a little too seriously.
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Grab your reusable grocery bags and get ready — A brand new Costco is opening its doors in Marysville on Wednesday, Nov. 22. Directly off Highway 70 (1214 N. Beale Rd.), it will feature a tire center, gas station, pharmacy + more.
Safe Black Space is hiring for two positions: Program Manager + Outreach & Special Projects Coordinator. Apply or forward to a friend you think could qualify before the deadline this Friday, Nov. 17.
Starting this Saturday, Nov. 18, KC Kombucha is joining the list of vendors at Midtown Farmers Market. Pro tip: bring your own resealable bottles for discounted + eco-friendly booch refills.
Transgender Awareness Week runs Nov.13-19 — a designated time to celebrate transgender and gender-nonconforming people + highlight their contributions. Follow along with the Sacramento LGBT Center as they share resources + context for the Sacramento area.
Aro Homes sold its first carbon-negative house made in a factory in Sacramento. Sold for $4.2 million in Mountain View, two more homes are underway — one of them destined for San Jose (hey, SJtoday). (Sacramento Inno)
De’Aaron Fox is back on the court after an ankle injury, contributing towards the impressive win against the Cavaliers on Monday, Nov. 13. Finishing 132-120, the Sacramento Kings have now lit the Beam for three games straight. (FOX40)
Maidu-Wintun natural + cultural history expert Diana Almendariz directed a cultural burn last week in Yolo County, a practice beneficial for native plants. This three-day workshop educated fire professionals and the public on Indigenous environmental stewardship, teaching cultural sensitivity + burn practices. (Sac Bee)
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Caltrans wants your opinion on the proposed $465 million express toll lane project, which includes parts of Interstate 80 and Highway 50. Introducing freeway tolls to areas of Sacramento, the purpose of the project is to ease congestion + improve travel time reliability.
There will be two public meetings:
Tuesday, Nov. 28 — 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Community Center (1075 W. Capitol Ave.) in West Sacramento.
Wednesday, Dec. 13 — 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Mary L. Stephens Branch Library (315 E. 14th St.) in Davis.
Caltrans expects to begin work in October 2024 and finish in about three years. Construction needs approval by the end of September 2024, the expiration date for a previously allotted $86 million grant from the federal Department of Transportation.
Because if there’s one thing we Sacramentans are severely opinionated on, it’s traffic. From the Fix50 to the FixSac5 projects, we’ve been bangin’ our heads on the steering wheel with you.